Saturday, February 14, 2009


It is better to give than to receive

By Edward Copeland
Edward Copeland on Film is the proud recipient of the Premio Dardos Award, a meme that has been circulating among the film blogging community for the past couple of months and which was bestowed upon me by Bob Westal at Forward to Yesterday. According to the description of the award, "The Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web." Of course, as with most prizes and memes of this sort, they are accompanied by rules. First, never let the Dardos eat after midnight. Wait, I'm confusing my rule lists. Here are the real ones:
  • 1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
  • 2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.

  • Now, that's always the hard part, not only because there are so many worthy candidates but because so many of them already have been honored. I tried to do as much research as I could as to whether possible recipients were already winners. One of my possible winners thought that the prize was intended for one person shows. Since I could never locate the origin of the award, nothing in the description I was given indication such a rule and since my site actually has several contributors, I decided not to worry about that. If I pass the honor along to anyone who has been honored before, I apologize in advance.

    So, I pass along the Dardos Awards to these 5 blogs, in no particular order:

  • 1) Keith Uhlich, editor emeritus Matt Zoller Seitz and the many talented contributors who have made The House Next Door a must-read for anyone interested in serious discussion of film, television and related issues on the Internet.

  • 2) Ali Arikan at Cerebral Mastication who espouses your basic movie or TV review alongside lengthier thought pieces on genres and trends, all with intelligence and excellence.

  • 3) M.A. Peel at her self-named blog which effortlessly details pieces on television and film with literature and poetry alongside thoughts on her travels. Like the secret agent her name is a play on, you never know quite what to expect, but it's always likely to be good.

  • 4) Craig at The Man from Porlock sometimes make you wait for new posts, but when they arrive, be they about film or television or just pointing you to interesting reads, they are more than worth it. Who else can find parallels between The Office and Deadwood?

  • 5) Joe Baltake at The Passionate Moviegoer and there is no better evidence of his passion than his subject matter, defending and remembering the more obscure titles from cinematic history. No matter how much you think you might know about movies, odds are you will learn of new ones if you check out Joe's site.

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